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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand
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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.
  • Full-day tour from Auckland to two of New Zealand’s most magical sites
  • Take a boat ride to the glowworm grotto to see thousands of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, where parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Have you photo taken in front of a hobbit hole!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Optional drop-off in Rotorua makes this tour ideal for those traveling around the North Island.
After hotel pickup in Auckland, enjoy a morning snack on board the luxury coach during a scenic drive through the North Island’s rolling hills and lush farmland. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, and learn of the colonial history between British settlers and the Maori in Rangariri.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, you’re taken to the noteworthy Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Descend underground into the limestone caverns to view stunning stalactites formed over centuries. Drift along the Waitomo River during a short boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where a breathtaking display of tiny illuminated lights glow in the darkness. Discover the mystery behind the luminescence of thousands of glowworms before enjoying a provided picnic lunch.  

Your day trip continues across the Kaimai Ranges toward Rotorua and onward to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a working sheep farm and significant filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, all of which were filmed throughout New Zealand. Discover how the site was transformed into JRR Tolkien’s The Shire — home of Bilbo Baggins and his fellow hobbits. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the pond, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and more. 

Your full-day tour ends in Rotorua or with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

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Incredible and Completely Enjoyable
, Nov 2019
No one likes long bus rides while on vacation, but our driver Brian made the trip informative, funny, and very enjoyable. Visiting the Hobbiton movie set was amazing - if you're a Hobbit movie fan, it is a must-see. The Waitomo Caves are breathtaking - nature at it's finest; just don't try to sneak any pictures as they get very angry.
More expensive than the rest
sara M
, Sep 2019
I realized during the tour that I over paid for this attraction. Not sure how does it happened but it was very disappointed and make me don´t trust this company again in the future.
, Aug 2019
Visiting Hobbiton was something truly special, despite the cloudy weather. There was a complimentary drink at the inn, and a delicious buffet lunch included. Waitomo caves were magical. My only major regret is that contrary to the tour description on Viator, we went to Hobbiton first, even though the weather forecast for the morning was terrible. Therefore we were seeing Hobbiton while it was drizzling, and went into the caves while it was sunny and beautiful outside. Other than that, the snacks provided before the tour was just still water and 2 cookies- not much, but better than nothing.
A Tour Not to be Missed!
, Jul 2019
As die-hard fans of the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbiton Movie Set has always been in our bucket list to visit - do or die. This tour catered to just what we wanted, and more! Pair that with a visit to Waitomo Caves, it was a perfect way to satisfy that bucket list! Dana (I do hope that I've gotten her name right!), our tour bus driver who doubled up as our guide, was very entertaining and informative. Her sense of humor was refreshing without being intrusive. As we were travelling with a toddler, she never made us feel excluded. In fact, everyone who were on the tour with us were very accommodating and understanding (it was pretty breezy since our 2 year-old was very well-behaved throughout the tour thankfully!). I would definitely recommend this tour!
A Great Tour!
, Jul 2019
This combined tour was awesome! The coach driver knows a lot of things about NZ, very accommodating and very kind. The tour guides in Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves are both energetic and happy to be with as well. I am looking forward to do this again with my kids. Thank you very much!
Awesome adventure
, Jun 2019
We have used Viator during past vacations in Europe. They have succeeded in exceeding our expectations again!
Delightful tour
, Jun 2019
Our bus drivers really made the trip full of informative information about NZ and people and culture. Hobbiton was great to see and lovely to wander through. I thought the guides could of given more info especially if you haven't read the books or seen movies like some on our tour. It was very basic. The meal was beyond a "picnic" as described. It was delicious and well needed after a long walk, unexpected but well worth it. The Waitomo caves were fantastic although it would of been nice to spend a little longer there.
I did this in January of 2014. It was...
, Nov 2018
I did this in January of 2014. It was the best experience for a LOTR fan! I highly recommend it.
it was one of the best experiences in...
Razan A
, Oct 2018
it was one of the best experiences in my life!
While I wished for more time in both...
Jordan V
, Jun 2018
While I wished for more time in both places, there is only so much time in the day. All in all a fantastic experience, the lunch in Hobbiton was plentiful and delicious, in true Hobbit style!

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